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My main site has completely dissappeared from Yahoo's new search results. This is despite investing in Inktomi advertising as well as a Yahoo! sponsored listing.
The site comes up top 5 regularly on G and other SE for keywords related to it - and I have been conservative in optimizing it.
In contrast, some older sites, that I barely touch anymore, nor pay Yahoo for sponsored listings, are showing up high on Yahoo!
This makes little sense. A quality site, is removed and old, junky sites are now showing up high. Seems like if a customer pays to advertise, plus the site has been reviewed by a Yahoo human, it wouldnt be completely removed from the search results.
I almost cancelled 2 sponsored listings on Yahoo tonight, that are $600 a month, though decided to wait and see if anything changes.
Also invested a bunch in Inktomi advertising and that hasn't done anything to insure that the site remained in the new search results.
I have 10 sites that aren't much good some rightfully banned in Google that are dominating Yahoo results. Whilst my 14 month old and newer site that ranks very well in Google and contains excellent content is no where to be seen.
10 crapy sites right at the top is better than 1 top quality site at the top for me but not best for Yahoo.
It looks like I would only use Yahoo for stocks, email and news. Normal search is then made on Google
tons of fluff domains that have keywords stacked up but no content..
i hope Yahink and Google can work on some major blacklists to block these link farms and pfi directories that are killing searches.
What is the Google’s core business? Search. What is the Yahoo’s core business? Net advertising? E-mail? Search? It’s not clear and this is dangerous, because in a high competitive enviroment you have to concentrate on your main strength. Google, for example, has now a solid presence in the most important newspapers of the world. Why they would change to Yahink? Does Yahoo want a search engine just for its portals? Is this sustanaible? This has been a risky move.
Traffic has gone up tremendously for my older sites (August 2003 and earlier).
On the negative side: Traffic has plummeted for my newer sites.
Yahoo/Ink has to get a bit fresher to be complete. Hopefully they will be able to include newer sites while sorting the wheat from the chaff.
I wish they would offer an affordable Pay for Inclusion option. $39/year for a 50-page website, with maybe just a biweekly or monthly refresh. I know the demand would be huge!
A lot of people frown on PFI but I think it would be a good way to let in sites with quality content while shutting out the 100K-page operations that throw an enormous amount of pages at search engines, hoping that part of it will "stick."
When looking at the quality of SERP'S, please be Objective and NOT Subjective.
One isn't being subjective when you have numerous sites and some are old and not that good and they show up high in a search; whereas current sites, with fresh content dont show up at all.
In one respect though all opinions regarding whether the Y results are good / bad are subjective.
One great thing about the Y results is they pick up dynamic pages much better than G.
Yahoo, you did the right thing......and people generally will love you for it!
Google needs to be shown which way is up, and now Yahoo and MSN are starting to do that :)
The Yahoo signature suggests a stong correlation with Inktomi, but with, as you say, around 30% coming in from another source. Could that other source be Yahoo's own directory?
Running a graphical integration on the Google and the Yahoo signatures reveals an interesting story about the comparative freshness of those indexes.
For example, if I type in my company name "Web Widgets" under the Advanced Search function "Show results with the exact phrase", I don't see my site in the first 500 hundred results. Furthermore, the results shown do not have those words as an exact phrase - only as separate individual words on the page.
I get crawled by Inktomi. On every other SE out there I can find my company by name. It's been out there for over 3 1/2 years.
The quality of commercial results seems extremely poor. Can't see kelkoo etc which I suppose maybe a blessing, but whats replaced them on yahoo is ten times worse. Just absolute spammy rubbish.
Noticed the Yahoo Shopping page is ranking unusually high for a lot of shopping terms. Surprise Surprise.
I had excellent rankings in yahoo when they were carrying the google index, but now that they have dropped google, my site cannot be found at yahoo and my yahoo traffic has ceased.
Do I need to pay the 39 dollar inclusion fee at Inktomi or what?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.